If the initiative passes, this is a big deal, not only because Montana has a lot of public lands--one third of the state or 50,000 square miles--and a long trapping tradition, but it will punctuate the growing shift to keeping state public lands safer for everybody.
Spring has finally sprung after a very long winter. The renewal of the season is ushered in by the return of migratory birds to our region and their bright colors and varied songs. This spectacle is part of the world's great diversity of birds we can all enjoy locally.
That's the timeless lesson Americans learned when Theodore Roosevelt established America's first refuge on Pelican Island 109 years ago -- and one that we must diligently remind our elected political leaders of today.
The wind industry is now facing yet another big challenge: increasing resistance from environmental groups who are concerned about the effect that unrestrained construction of wind turbines is having on birds and bats.
A current action is about protecting one of the world's most important nesting grounds for migratory birds -- the Peace-Athabasca Delta in Canada. The Delta is downstream from the world's largest industrial project -- Alberta's tar sands oil mines.